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Signed On Apr 11, 2005, 20:15
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News Comments > Oculus Rift Raises Another $75M
39. Re: Oculus Rift Raises Another $75M Dec 13, 2013, 13:18 Ratty
 
Wildone wrote on Dec 13, 2013, 11:15:
I heard it was because they didn't have any translational tracking on the head (only rotational?) or something..there's other systems out there that people claim do not produce motion sickness because of that. I admit it left me queezy for some time after using it too but its almost worth it its so cool..
Don't care if I have to wear it for ten minutes, barf my guts out, then come back for ten more minutes until barf time again everyday for a month until I get used to it. I'm getting one. Sure I'll be weak and sickly from fluid loss but I'm still getting one.
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online in April
33. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online in April Dec 11, 2013, 14:20 Ratty
 
I've never played a multiplayer game before. I've always been curious and wanted to try one out. I might give this a go except I would be so bad I'd be laughed off the servers.  
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News Comments > NSA's Game Spying
166. Re: NSA's Game Spying Dec 9, 2013, 18:51 Ratty
 
What is the NSA's end game with all this? To steal my credit card number? To steal my identity? No - it's to protect America. So why should I care if they track my gaming patterns, read my emails, monitor my cell phone activity?
The problem is they keep this information forever and there exists no effective safeguard against its being used. Say you decide to run for president someday against an incumbent. Do you really believe that incumbent, as president of the United States, can't get their hands on your records to use against you in a campaign? You think legal safeguards and requirements for judicial approval can stop a US president? The NSA is vacuuming up everything - US citizen phone records and patterns as well as foreign. They *say* safeguards are in place to prevent them looking at record for individual citizens. What are those safeguards? How can they be 100% effective? We've already seen them use records like these against US journalists.

As the internet and cellphone generation ages the amount of data will grow exponentially. And it *will* be used. Do you really, seriously doubt that? Think of all the future presidents, legislators, journalists, activists whose careers will be nipped in the bud because of some youthful indiscretions for anyone in a position of power to dig up. Ask yourself if *that* is worth the price of a sense of security.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
7. Re: Sunday Metaverse Dec 8, 2013, 16:48 Ratty
 
I read an article not long ago comparing bitcoins with actual currency from a theoretical economics point of view. Verdict: it's not a currency.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 6, 2013, 13:01 Ratty
 
Verno wrote on Dec 6, 2013, 12:37:
I don't know I've found Firefox to get better with each update.
It's not the stability I have issues with, it's the changes they're making - to bring it in line with peoples' ideas of what a modern UI is supposed to be I suppose. Expecting them to change the menu to a ribbon or adding charms and tiles or whatever sometime soon. There is an issue they've been having for nearly a year now where if you open a page in a new window it puts that window in the background about half the time (not all the time, mind you). I've heard it's related to Flash but have never been able to solve the issue. Then they got rid of the ability to turn off javascript. You now have to install an add-on, but the add-on sucks. There's a whole list of annoyances I have, not world shattering but they've added up to just a big pain in the ass and I'm tired of it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 6, 2013, 12:25 Ratty
 
So why keyboard macros instead of AutoHotkey? I got a fancy keyboard just for the macros but could never get it to work. Then I got AutoHotkey and that program is simply amazing and very easy to use. I use it a lot for games that don't let you bind more than one key to a function, like all Bethesda games. And you can make different macro files for different purposes and switch between them with a double-click.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 6, 2013, 12:17 Ratty
 
Firefox has become more annoying with each update. I stopped updating it a while ago but I know that's not safe in the long term. Don't like Chrome, won't touch IE. I don't know what I'm going to do but as soon as I figure it out I'm going to ditch it.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Free XMas music Dec 6, 2013, 12:13 Ratty
 
What? No Jingle Cats? No Meowy Christmas? The only Christmas music I listen to semi-regularly. Even at 8.99 it's worth it.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=jingle+cats&sm=3

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 5, 2013, 12:11 Ratty
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Dec 5, 2013, 11:47:
Wow that "Seattle man's frugal life" story is depressing as hell. He had 187 million dollars, and cut coupons and drank frozen orange juice? Live it up a little, snort some coke off a Brazilian model's ass, or something.
Kinda reminds me of Schindler's list. Remember the scene at the end where he broke down crying, thinking of all the people he could have saved if he hadn't bought that ring, that car ... ? His goal, according to the article, was to leave as much money to charity as he could when he croaked. So maybe he was an obsessed miser or just an obsessed philanthropist.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
35. Re: Steam Top 10 Dec 2, 2013, 00:35 Ratty
 
sdgundamx wrote on Dec 1, 2013, 22:17:
I'm about equal with you with number of hours played and still haven't finished the main story. I spend most of my time tinkering with different character builds. For example, how about an archer that only uses poisons and a bound bow? How about a wizard who only uses staves to cast? etc.
I've played the Fallouts and Skyrim multiple times (I'm on a Skyrim replay right now). I always finish the main quests the first time through but usually don't finish them on subsequent runs. I actually really enjoy building my character, getting him to be the best I possibly can as soon as possible, then once that's done I lose interest. As much as I love New Vegas the main quest is incredibly boring. Hate the casinos, hate the Mr. House story line, I always stop playing when I get to those points. But building my character, trying different perks and specialties - that never gets old.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
3. Re: Steam Top 10 Dec 1, 2013, 14:59 Ratty
 
Skyrim must have raked in a buttload of cash for Bethesda by now. I hope so. Maybe now they can afford to make a friggin PC UI for ES VI.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
94. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 24, 2013, 19:49 Ratty
 
You warned us it was coming but it still comes as shock. You've made Hudson's character so real for us with your posts over the years I feel the hurt of his loss personally. I'm so sorry Blue.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 23, 2013, 13:49 Ratty
 
jacobvandy wrote on Nov 23, 2013, 12:19:
The Matrix lawsuit thing is a lie. In fact, that propaganda website is only re-posting an article from about 10 years ago that itself was proven false.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/matrix.asp
Ah, thanks for the clarification. I couldn't understand why I'd never heard of this outside of a radical fringe website (with such charming articles as "Why Robert Mugabe Is A True African Hero")
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed Nov 19, 2013, 10:52 Ratty
 
Blue's News on average has a much higher comment quality than most gaming sites, but boy, do these threads bring out ugly sides in the personalities of even some seasoned regulars.
They sure do. And race as well. I remember years ago here there was an article about black gamers and boy did they ever come out of the woodwork. The thread had hundreds of mostly rabid posts. Not racist posts for the most part, but people upset that someone even dared raise the issue. What is it about these topics that instill rage in certain people? Indifference I can see - I'm mostly indifferent to these topics - but why the rage? It's like a reverse victim mentality. Whites are so victimized, men are so victimized.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
3. Re: Sunday Metaverse Nov 10, 2013, 15:14 Ratty
 
Ah, damn. I hate to see that happen to once respectable sites. I don't know a lot about sourceforge but it was one of the places I considered trustworthy to download from. From Wikipedia:
In September 2012, Dice Holdings acquired SourceForge from its previous owner Geeknet.
More recently additional revenue generation schemes, such as bundleware models, have been trialled, with the goal of further improving sourceforge's revenue.
In September 2012, Dice Holdings acquired the websites Slashdot, SourceForge and Freecode from Geeknet, forming Slashdot Media.

In August 2013, Dice Holdings acquired The IT Job Board, a business which includes numerous European websites and a targeted marketing business, IT Media.
Have fun with your acquisition Dice. I certainly won't be using it anymore.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
4. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Nov 9, 2013, 12:32 Ratty
 
2 positive Windows 8 stories this morning. Oh noes! Blue has been TURNED!  
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Turns 5
9. Re: Fallout 3 Turns 5 Oct 28, 2013, 22:27 Ratty
 
I've been spooging out on both FO3 and FONV last couple of weeks. Currently finishing up Old World Blues. And I want more Fallout now! Never played FO1 or FO2 sadly so no reason to hate the new ones as untrue to the originals.  
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News Comments > Thief Dropping XP System
27. Re: Thief Dropping XP System Oct 17, 2013, 13:25 Ratty
 
Jerykk wrote on Oct 17, 2013, 12:26:
So I can see stupid console players trying to mantle up something and missing and alerting guards, or just hitting the jump button by accident, getting impatient after 5 minutes and saying this game sux.

Stupid consoles. Ruin everything for the rest of us.

I'm pretty sure the decision to remove jumping has nothing to do with consoles. Plenty of first-person console games have jumping. Hell, CoD, the epitome of consolitis, has jumping.
I'm being sorta facetious anyway, kinda, but in those games you mention you don't alert guards if you jump accidently. It's not that it's hard to jump on a console, obviously. It's that with the controller it's too easy to jump accidently or miss a mantle.
 
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News Comments > Thief Dropping XP System
13. Re: Thief Dropping XP System Oct 17, 2013, 11:37 Ratty
 
Quinn wrote on Oct 17, 2013, 11:24:
Couldn't have put it better myself, which is why I quote you instead.

Also, I think they've put to much thought in the literal title (thief). Not sure if it's me, but I never played the original games because "OMGZ IZ SO AWSUM TO ST34LZ!". It was the character Garrett and the character of the game; the mood, the environment, etc., and the stealthy gameplay ofc. It wasn't the stealing of silver plates.
I couldn't have put THAT better myself. You are spot on.

Here's the old trailer for Thief 2. Sigh. What a difference.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvNvvdqy-Tk

The whole jump debacle reminds me of when the demo for Thief 2 came out. Beautiful demo. I played it many many times. It was a City rooftops mission. When the game was released they had added a lot more to the level and tightened up the spaces between rooftops because players were falling to their death a lot and the devs said that was no fun so they made the whole thing less perilous. Even though falling wasn't a problem for me the change was totally fine. It didn't dumb down the level or anything.

So I can see stupid console players trying to mantle up something and missing and alerting guards, or just hitting the jump button by accident, getting impatient after 5 minutes and saying this game sux.

Stupid consoles. Ruin everything for the rest of us.

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News Comments > HARDWARE: Shipbreakers was F2P; Homeworld: Shipbreakers Isn't
64. Re: HARDWARE: Shipbreakers was F2P; Homeworld: Shipbreakers Isn't Sep 9, 2013, 20:13 Ratty
 
ForgedReality wrote on Sep 9, 2013, 18:15:
@Blue RE: Jarring Twitter Embed

I messed around with Firebug for a couple minutes and created this custom style on the Twitter embed. I don't know how easy or possible this would be from your CSS styles, or directly within the embed call, and you might have to use things like !important, but I think the current embed could benefit from such a restyling so it doesn't look out of place.

http://i.imgur.com/4b1ORe6.png
Hey, I like that!
 
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